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Summerland transit service begins Oct. 28

Transit service begins Monday between Summerland and Penticton.  - Western News file photo
Transit service begins Monday between Summerland and Penticton.
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Summerland’s new transit service is scheduled to start rolling Monday at precisely 7:15 a.m.

The 23-seat bus will leave from the library, take a spin around the community with stops at schools, the Seniors’ Village and a shopping centre, then head south on Highway 97 to Penticton.

The service will begin with four trips daily, the last leaving the Summerland library at 4:30 p.m and departing from Cherry Lane Shopping Centre in Penticton at 5:15 p.m.

It will run Monday to Friday only, with no buses on weekends or holidays

The service will tie in with the larger Penticton transit system with stops at the hospital and Okanagan College. Better yet, it will cost riders nothing until Dec. 31.

“We are trying to make the new transit system as easy to use as possible, that is why we are initially waiving fares and hope the people give the new service a try,” Summerland Mayor Janice Perrino said in a press release.

In January, the fare for a ride within Summerland will be $2, while a one-way trip to Penticton will cost $4.

B.C. Transit and the District of Summerland will share the cost of the system, with the municipality’s portion expected to total around $60,000 before fares are subtracted.

Detailed route information is available online at www.bctransit.com/regions/sum.

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